In November, Pete Nickerson (Co-Founder and Managing Member of Chinus Asset Management) was honored to receive the 2017 Simon Benson Award from Portland State University President Rahmat Shoureshi at the Oregon Convention Center. The Simon Benson Award honors contemporary pioneers of philanthropy. Recipients are tireless community leaders who give generously of their time and resources and whose legacies will affect lives for generations. The Simon Benson Award for alumni achievement honors outstanding alumni recognized for service, achievement, and for inspiring perpetual support to PSU. Proceeds from the Simon Benson Awards Dinner benefit the Fund for PSU, providing support for promising and deserving students, exceptional faculty, and innovative programs at the University.
Pete Nickerson is a global entrepreneur with several decades of US - Asia business experience. The former general manager of Nike in China, Pete is a fluent Mandarin speaker who has conducted business throughout Asia and lived for extended periods in Shanghai, Guangzhou, Hong Kong, Taiwan, and Singapore. Pete has been deeply involved in both Asian and US public and private equity markets over the past four decades and has built an extensive network in Asia through his role as director of Growth-Link Overseas Company, a Hong Kong–based investment firm he co-founded in 1988.
Pete serves as chair of the PSU Board of Trustees and, along with his wife Chris, has been a generous supporter of PSU since 2009. He is past chair of the PSU Foundation Board of Trustees and was co-chair of PSU’s Creating Futures scholarship campaign which exceeded its $50 million goal in 2015. Pete received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Oregon in 1979.
The whole team at Chinus Asset Management is proud and grateful for Pete’s continued community involvement.